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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries Feb. 2018

edited 31 January 2018 at 10:32PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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mcculloch29mcculloch29 Forumite
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edited 31 January 2018 at 10:32PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Here we go again for another month. As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to sstevo19 for starting us off last month.

Welcome all newbies and regulars to this very friendly and chatty thread where we give lots of lovely tips on how to use up your stash and lots of support and encouragement if you need them.

Keep up the pampering and keep down the spending: let!!!8217;s make the naughty step an empty and lonely place this month (rather than one so long that it can be seen from space)! Will this be the month when the "usual suspects" rein it in a bit? Let's see..... (but I doubt it!)

Remember - those products do nothing for you while they are stashed in drawers, boxes and cupboards!

We are eternally grateful to Katie Clampet who set up this fab challenge in January 2010. Here's her original challenge post:

"No buying any new toiletries, cosmetics, perfume etc... until I have used up ALL the ones I already have. I got a huge amount of (really nice) stuff for Christmas but I am going to resist the urge to browse Boots, Asda, Superdrug etc, and pop another tub of cream, face scrub, shampoo or conditioner into my basket. I reckon the stuff I have will last me until possibly June. I have decided that the money I save I will put into my special holiday account. Anyone else?"

Lots of us have taken part in the challenge over the past few months (and some of us even years!!) and are making great progress in reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

Regulars can ignore this, but a quick resume is always helpful for newbies:

Why not add the challenge to your signature as a reminder?

How about taking a bit of time to do a stock-take and see if there are any gaps in your stash that you might need to spend on this month? Some of us set a budget for the month for essential purchases or to help with withdrawal symptoms, others like to go cold-turkey!! Other ideas which some people find useful: Listing everything out so you can cross things off as used to increase the sense of achievement, and putting a sum of money in a pot each time you use up an item to save for something you really want, or simply to assist in making future essential purchases "cash neutral".

Remember the challenge is about making the most of your money, enjoying your products, finding which products really suit you best and are worth buying, giving yourself a well-deserved pampering and breaking the habit of buying for the sake of buying. In money-saving tradition, it should also be about making your products l-a-s-t as long as possible (although the temptation of using an unloved shower gel extravagantly to finish it off is sometimes too much to bear!).

Brand new products (or opened perfume) sell well on eBay.

Unsuitable products can be repurposed and used for other jobs (shower gel/shampoo as handwash etc).

Some items can be returned to certain stores for exchange (for essential items or gifts!!) without a receipt.

Unwanted items can be recycled as gifts or for gift hampers (saving the money you'd have spent on gifts).

Unsuitable items can be donated to charity or a local women's refuge as mentioned earlier

It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots, Body Shop, email newsletter, the supermarket toiletries aisles, Grabbit board, online toiletries browsing, seductive department store beauty counter offers etc. Remember retailers are making offers and promotions all the time, so there will always be another deal! Honest!

Good luck all for February 2018 and indeed the coming months, and remember to keep your stash lists updated, keep popping in for inspiration and support and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy!

Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier. Please introduce yourselves so we can welcome you properly! Do de-lurk if you are lurking, this is one of the friendliest threads on MSE.

Oh - and anyone thinking "OMG my stash is FAR bigger than all of theirs, I cant possibly join" - believe you me, we have been doing this challenge for well over a year some of us - you wont scare us, and I can almost guarantee that someone somewhere will have had more and survived.... we are very supportive (and protective - so don't be scared!!) oh - and did we mention that are nosy??!!

Useful abbreviations and jargon!

WBA - Will Buy Again
UU - Use Ups
IN - Self explanatory - stuff you've gained into your stash - warning: lines may be given out for unnecessary purchases or you may be sent to the naughty step!
NBI - A non-bought item such as a present, gift with purchase or free sample
WNBA - Will Not Buy Again!
Glitch - when a shop/online store make a pricing mistake so you end up paying less or even get freebies!
PYN(M/T/W/Th/F/Sa/Su) DELETE AS APPROPRIATE! - Paint Your Nails Monday/Tuesday...... it allows everyone to try and finish those dastardly nail varnishes with group support! You can never be too groomed for this thread. Also see PY(T)N... - for toenails!
Splutterer - the stage where an item is nearing the end of it's life and spluttering - also the most annoying and seemingly never ending stage!
GWP - Gift With Purchase - a sample or mini sized item
HG - Holy Grail - this is the product you would go back for time and time again, it does the job brilliantly, and is either economical, or so fantastic price becomes no object!
NPI - Near Purchasing Incident (OMG we all have those!)
LHJ - Long Haul Job - for those products - love 'em or hate 'em - that never seem to end no matter how often you use them
PRCP - Pink Rose Candle Philosophy inspired by Erma Bombeck who said: 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose that melted in storage'. Don't keep things 'for best' or 'for a special occasion'. That day never arrives. Give the best to yourself now and enjoy it. (Thanks to McCulloch29 for introducing this thought provoking sentiment to us)
GA - for an out that was given away to charity, as a present, or "just because" rather than binned or UU
TA - for an out that was thrown away due to going off (generally as it has been lurking at the back of a stash since time immemorial) or for any other reason such as a broken container or spillage
PP - Project Pan: a list of specific items targeted to be used up

If anyone can think of any more we can add to the list so newbies won't be intimidated by our jargon!


Here is a list of our lovely,fragrant ladies who have polished and pampered their way through their products and managed to get their toiletries stash under control. Ladies - congratulations, you are an inspiration to the rest of us, xx . Thanks also to InaPickle who suggested we start the Graduate list. To join the list of graduates let us know by posting that you are graduating in big colourful letters, that way the OP can easily spot you and add you to the list, or better still - PM the OP as the thread can move really quickly! You may also wish to add how many products you have used up during the challenge. Good luck ladies! xx

1. mineallmine - graduated with honours March
2. Bronnie - graduated with honours March 2011
3. lostinrates - graduated with honours around June 2010
4. Ruby_Eskimo - graduated with honours June 2012
5. Seaside dreamer - graduated with honours October 2012
6. InaPickle - graduated with honours September 2014
7. Fiasco55 - graduated with honours May 2017

Previous threads

In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review, here are links to past challenge threads. Click on the date to take you straight to it:

January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
January 2013
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January 2018
Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.


  • mcculloch29mcculloch29 Forumite
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    In myself, of course.
    Very little going on with UUs, as I seem to have large sizes of everything, at the moment.

    GA. An Ultimate Blends Green Tea shampoo and conditioner, (1 bottle of each) sent to review a while back. Both were okay, but not wow, I'd used them twice, I think. My lovely cleaner has two adult daughters living at home who are really heavy on toiletries, so she got them.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    Thanks mcculloch29 for the new thread for February :)

    I'll post my PP list in a bit :)
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    That's great, thanks And, I will get my PP list on soon:D
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • edited 1 February 2018 at 12:15PM
    sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    edited 1 February 2018 at 12:15PM
    My PP list for February:

    Avon Chocolate & Orange Bubble Bath 500ml
    Avon Dark Orchid & Raspberry Bubble Bath 250ml
    Avon Naturals Cinnamon and Cranberry Spritz 100ml
    Avon Foot Works Red Currant Exfoliating Scrub 75ml
    Avene Antirougeurs Clean Cleanser 200ml
    Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz 100ml
    The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml
    Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Toning Shampoo 400ml

    I hope to finish most of these this month. Going to try and keep my INs to a minimal this month. I have an order for a few things arriving soon so they should be my only INs this month
  • catherinekatecatherinekate Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread!

    My PP list for February:
    1. I love . . . Coconut & Cream Body Butter
    2. Origins face mask
    3. Hit pan on MUA Rose Petal blusher
    4. Next Thai Lily perfume (5ml)
    5. Aussie shampoo
    6. Sanctuary moisturising oil
    7. Simple facial cleansing oil
    8. Molton Brown body lotion (hotel mini)
    9. Vichy Aqualia thermale serum (HG but MUST use regularly)
    10. L'occitane Roses et Reines handcream mini

    INs - I could do with some more serum but will try to stay away from our lovely, huge new Superdrug otherwise!
  • Tolteca87Tolteca87 Forumite
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    In again. So much stuff.
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread And. I'm in.

    My PP list

    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling (b/f from Jan)
    Philosophy Pure Grace Shower Gel 500ml
    L'occitane Shea Body Lotion
    Liz Earle Skin Repair 50ml
    Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream 50ml
    Macadamia Oil Shampoo 1l
    Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Conditioner 400ml
    Champneys Bubble Bath
    Rituals White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Body Cream 250ml

    My 5 by Spring list

    Garnier Oil Free BB Cream
    No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit - I would just like to hit pan on this.
    No7 stick concealer

    Mac Lipstick

    Will not need to buy in 2018

    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Night cream
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup of any sort
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2018

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - should get through most of the year
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use
    Day cream - should get half way through the year
    Nail polish remover
    Curl cream - do have a few so should get quite a way through the year
    Hand cream - should get halfway through the year
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    I knew I would need to buy deodorant this year but as many of you know I am trying to go natural/low waste so I have been looking around for an alternative to the conventional ones. I have half a can of Sure and half a Mitchum roll on left but decided to buy a crystal stick with just a string and a tiny hessian bag as packaging. It was £4.99 and should last over a year, it came on Saturday and I have tried it out everyday since and it is really good, I walk, run and cycle a lot and sometimes have too many layers on, I still got a bit tacky as is always the case regardless of what I use but absolutely no odour at all not even after running.


    This is the one I got.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    I had another makeup declutter yesterday, I think about 17 nail polishes are going to the charity shop although DD did take a couple, I also gave her a nail strengthener and top coat. DD also took an Avon matte red lipstick and The Balm Nudetude palette.

    From memory I got rid of the following:

    Dior Black Eyeliner - very hard pencil type plus I prefer brown.
    BarryM Natural Palette
    Urban Decay Smoked Palette - I love the look of this but find it hard to get the looks I want as the colours are so dark.
    Estee Lauder GWP quad
    Bourjois Silvery metallic cream shadow
    Lancome Juicy Tube mini
    Lancome Gloss in Love in Peach colour
    No7 Glittery Black Eyeliner Pencil
    Clinique GWP Quad
    Benefit Cha Cha Tint - had this way too long and don't love it although I have used quite a lot.

    I'm sure there was more. I hate waste but the damage was done a long time ago and I have to make my peace with that and make better decisions going forward which I am really trying to do.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • LLM2018LLM2018 Forumite
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    I'm back again. Will be writing my PP later. But my new target is now 46 items. I know it isn't alot but I really want a 1 out 1 In rule. This has now been the case for shampoo, toothpaste, cotton pads, handwash yay. Lots more to go but my bathroom stash baskets are looking alot emptier. Just got to work on getting my other half to use up most of his stuff that has just been sitting there for months lol.

    :) good luck everyone
    #78 PAYDBX '19 £3770/3880 paid
    #54 SPC 12 £497.53 :)
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